World Cup Day Four: Open Thread

Here's your open thread for all the Day Four action. To include the too early for me, Netherlands v Denmark. Here's all you need to now about the day's action.

Team Cards
Netherlands
- Denmark - Cameroon - Japan - Italy - Paraguay

In an era when TV ratings are typically down due to competition with about 200 other stations, and this interweb thing news comes out that the household and individual numbers have basically doubled since 2006.

Through five matches, ESPN and ABC are averaging 3,427,000 households and 4,937,000 viewers — up 95% and 108%, respectively, versus the first five games of the 2006 World Cup (1,754,000 households and 2,379,000 viewers in ‘06). ESPN’s most-watched game so far is Saturday’s Argentina-Nigeria matchup – a 2.8 household coverage rating, 2,820,000 households, and 3,725,000 viewers. (Note: Ratings and viewership numbers are based on the specific-two hour match windows, not including pre-match studio coverage.)

later

The U.S.-England match ranks as the highest-rated World Cup game on the ESPN networks for 19 of the 56 metered markets, including: Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Greenville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Norfolk, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Tulsa.

Thirteen of those 19 do not have pro soccer at this time.

The Netherlands gained life from their subs and won 2-nil.

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